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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:29 PM

Gordonsville ice cream screams soon to go unheard

I've driven past this place countless times.

Gordonsville ice cream screams soon to go unheard
By BRYAN MCKENZIE bmckenzie@dailyprogress.com (434) 978-7271 Oct 25, 2019 Updated Oct 25, 2019

GORDONSVILLE – J.R. Shifflett stands in the Tastee-Freez parking lot, a small vanilla-chocolate twist cone in his hand, and thinks back over his 58 years in this neck of the woods.

“I was born and raised in Culpeper and they had a Tastee-Freez up there that I went to a lot when I was a kid and I stopped right here a lot with my parents as a kid, so I’ve been coming here for about 40 or 50 years,” he says.

A brown crew cab pickup pulls past the drive-in window of the ice cream and fast food joint, momentarily blocking his view.

“Heck, I come here all the time. I have two homes, one in Louisa and one in Orange, and I come by here a couple of times a week,” he says, thoughtfully. “It’s hard to believe it’s gonna be closed.”

It is hard to believe, but it’s true. The store with its unique design and advertising hearkening back to the company’s 1950s roots has for more than 60 years tempted drivers to pull off the vehicular carousel of a traffic roundabout at the confluence of U.S. 33, U.S. 15 and Route 231 and pull in for a frosty respite.

On Oct. 31, however, the Tastee-Freez lights will go dark, its grill will grow cold, the doors will be locked, the franchise discontinued and the property will go on the market.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:35 PM

1. There was one in my home town.

Made the best lemon custard ice-cream.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 04:58 PM

2. Waynesboro's closed several years ago.

It was right where Main and Broad split. We rode by often. We stopped in infrequently and got burgers and fries. It wasn't bad food or particularly good food, but it was cheap. The Ice cream was better.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 06:32 PM

3. You live in Waynesboro?

I grew up there and was a Fishburne day student.

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 08:39 PM

4. No, I'm living over the mountains in Charlottesville/Albemarle County

A family member has a business in Waynesboro and bought a house there, but moved and rents out the house.

I am nearly retired, but was over in Waynesboro today helping with some things. We fueled a truck at the Kroger on Arch Avenue today which is not very far down 11th Street from the school.

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 10:20 PM

5. I was there in the 60s and 70s

A bucolic little town that once had a pretty impressive list of employers, but has not done well since. I think the population is only 4,000 more than when I left in ‘79. I do remember going to that Tastee Freeze. The only plane town you could het soft-serve ice cream for decades.

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